Monthly Archives: January 2004

James Eston Green

Posted on January 19, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Eston Green, 87, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 16, 2004.
Green was born March 24, 1916, in White County, to Robert James Green and Ollie Dodson Green.
He had been a farmer.
Green was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Mattie Irene Walker Green.
Survivors include three nieces, June Maas, Millie Dunjen, Mae Crawford, all of Traverse City, Mich.; one nephew, David Greene, of South Carolina; and one great niece, Terri Jean Miller, of Sparta.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Jan. 19, 2004, graveside at Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. Fate Wilson will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


John Henry Farris

Posted on January 19, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

John Henry Farris, 95, of McMinnville, passed away Jan. 16, 2004.
Farris was born May 23, 1908, in White County to Will Farris and Alice Austin Farris.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He had been self employed as a contractor.
Farris was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Katherine Pruitt Farris and Vera Coppinger Farris.
Survivors include four daughters, Marie Key, of Decherd, Alice East, of Manchester, Jean Russell, of Tullahoma, Sarah Green, of Goodlettsville; three sons, Howard Farris, of McMinnville, Charles Farris, of McMinnville, David Farris, of Bad Nauheim, Germany; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Conover, of … Read More


WCCH delivers in December

Posted on January 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
The stork kept the nursery at White County Community Hospital very busy recently with a near record 26 babies born just in the month of December.
The December 2003 records compare to only nine deliveries in December 2002.
“We’ve had a 15 percent increase in deliveries every year for the last four years here,” said Ann Hellman, RN, OB nurse manager at White County Community Hospital.
Hellman has been the OB nurse manager at WCCH since July 1, 2003. She believes the reason deliveries have increased at WCCH is twofold – physicians and quality of care.
“Offering Women’s Health Services in this community gives us a … Read More


E-911 dispatcher fired by unanimous vote

Posted on January 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
After listening to evidence gathered about an E-911 dispatcher’s improprieties, the board of directors voted unanimously on Monday, during a special called meeting, to fire Jamie Banks.
The controversy began on Jan. 2, 2004, when Banks was involved in an investigation by the White County Narcotics Unit. E-911 Board of Directors Chairman Jerry Lowery said the special called meeting was to address this issue and determine how the incident should be handled.
Lowery asked E-911 Director Harry Cole to tell the board what Banks had told him about the incident. Cole said on Jan. 3, 2004, Banks called him and said she needed to talk … Read More


Votes will count

Posted on January 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Last fall, the Tennessee legislature voted to move the state primary up one month to February.
Since 1988, Tennessee has held its primary in March, when several southern states joined together and attempted to create a ‘Super Tuesday’. The plan did not work. People were not coming to the polls. According to political analysts, it was because by the time Tennessee’s primary was held, the front runners had already been identified by voters in other states.
In White County, only 26.54 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in the March 2000 Presidential Primary.
Tennessee’s election is just two weeks after the New Hampshire primary, when … Read More


Mary Evelyn “Susie” Drake

Posted on January 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Evelyn “Susie” Drake, passed away Jan. 10, 2004.
Drake was born Sept. 11, 1942, in Walling to Beecher Mason and Emma “Jack” Mason.
Survivors include her children, Greg and Cindy Drake, of Rock Island; one grand-doggie, Michelle; one brother, Jimmy Mason and his wife, Janice, of Quebeck, and their family.
A religious service with family and friends was held in the hospital with Pastor Richard Weller officiating. Memorial services will be at 7 p.m., Jan. 16, 2004, at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Post 4190, in Rock Island.
This information is courtesy of Thurman Funeral Home.


D.C. Madewell

Posted on January 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

D.C. Madewell, 77, passed away Jan. 12, 2004.
Madewell was born Feb. 10, 1926, in Doyle, to Charles Douglas Madewell and Martha Jane Frasier Madewell.
He grew up in the Poplar Road Community, the third of 11 children.
Madewell married Mary Alice Thompson on March 10, 1944.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 1944 and was stationed in the Phillipines where he received the World War II Victory Medal, Liberty Medal, Purple Heart, Bronze Star and the Good Conduct Medal.
After returning to the United States, he settled in California where he attended aircraft mechanic school. Madewell later joined the Air Force Civil Service and graduated … Read More


William Marshall “Bill” Cowden

Posted on January 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

William Marshall “Bill” Cowden, 91, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 11, 2004.
Cowden was born Oct. 10, 1912, in White County to Marshall M. Cowden and Laura Goodwin Cowden.
He received his teaching degree and lettered in baseball from Tennessee Technological University. Cowden loved the game of baseball and played with a local semi-pro team until he was 50 years old. He taught for 10 years in Bon Air, Clifty and Eastland schools.
Cowden was employed as a purchasing agent for Spartan Manufacturing
for 30 years and served as vice-president of Cumberland Products, in Spencer, until his retirement.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church and … Read More


Teresa Joan Swindell

Posted on January 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Teresa Joan Swindell, 47, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 11, 2004.
Swindell was born June 15, 1956, in Wayne County, Mich., to James Earl Swindell and Julia Lankford Swindell.
She had been a homemaker.
Swindell was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include one son, Derik Zooashkiyani, of Sparta; her mother, Judy Swindell of
Walling; grandmother, Vernon Swindell, of Walling; four brothers, Don Swindell, David Swindell, and Darren Swindell, all of Nashville, and Michael Sherrod of Waverly; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Services were at 1 p.m., Jan. 14, 2004, at Hunter Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Springhill Cemetery. Tony Wilson officiated.
Hunter Funeral


James Benton Throckmorton

Posted on January 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Benton Throckmorton, 36, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 12, 2004.
Throckmorton was born Jan. 31, 1967, in Guntersville, Ala., to Richard C. and Alta Jane Mayfield Throckmorton.
He had been a Publix grocery store cashier.
Throckmorton was preceded in death by his mother.
Survivors include his father, Richard C. Throckmorton, of Sparta; four sisters, Norma Matheney and Sandra Mosley, both of Sparta, Charlotte Matheney, of Quebeck, and Patricia Seibers, of Doyle; two brothers, Ricky C. Throckmorton, of Sparta, and Robert A. Throckmorton, of Michigan; one aunt, Willa Dean Priest, of Cookeville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, at Hunter Funeral Home with… Read More


Oma Alice Anderson

Posted on January 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Oma Alice Anderson, 90, of Doyle, passed away Jan. 11, 2004.
Anderson was born Sept. 14, 1913, in Pickett County to William S. and Bam Jones Anderson.
She had been a homemaker.
Anderson was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Leo, Ed and Finley Anderson; and one sister, Maude Amonett.
Survivors include one sister, Aude Anderson, of Doyle; two sisters-in-law, Sally Anderson, of Doyle, Eunice Anderson. of Byrdstown;
nieces and nephews, Willow Swift, Roger Anderson, both of Doyle, Curtis Anderson, of Byrdstown, Roy Anderson, of Cookeville, Larry Amonett, of Anderson, Ind., Carolyn Tidrow and Brenda Latham, both of Byrdstown.
Services were at 11 a.m., Jan. 13, … Read More


Radio Shack has gadgets galore

Posted on January 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
Radio Shack, 165 Mose Drive, is a franchise of Hi-Fi Village Inc. and offers gadgets of all kinds to residents of White County.
Mindy Webb, co-owner and manager of the store for two years, has worked in the electronics business for more than 10 years.
“My father has been a dealer for Radio Shack, and I’ve worked with him for years.” said Webb. “When this opportunity came up in Sparta, I bought the store from him.”
Conveniently, Webb’s father owns the Radio Shack store in Crossville, which is larger. This makes it easier to order items that are not in stock.
“Because we have easy access … Read More


Warriorettes stay perfect with win over Lebanon

Posted on January 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Three vie for assessor of property office

Posted on January 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
J. David Broyles
J. David Broyles, a native of Sparta and graduate of White County High School, has always wanted to be involved in government.
Broyles, Averitt Express fleet manager, said he believes the office of assessor of property could benefit from his job skills, which include more than 16 years program management experience and handling large accounts. He has also run numerous successful political campaigns.
Involvement is the key priority for Broyles. He feels elected officials should take part in all aspects of governmental affairs.
“I feel I can provide the best service you can have at the lowest cost,” said Broyles. “I have … Read More


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